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Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care Appoints Michael Curry to Advisory Board

Nov 02, 2022

The Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care (Coalition) today announced at its 7th Annual Summit that Michael Curry, Esq., president and CEO of the Massachusetts League of Community Health Centers, has joined its advisory board. A distinguished civic and public health leader with a commitment to reducing health inequities, Curry will play a key role in advancing the Coalition’s efforts and driving equity in serious illness care.

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Announcing our Summit speaker lineup!

Oct 27, 2022

Are you ready? The Summit's on Thursday, November 3, 2022 from 1:00 to 3:30pm ET. Join us for this free and virtual session with amazing speakers including Andrew Dreyfus, Maureen Bisognano, and Michael Curry!

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Registration's officially open for our 7th Annual Summit!

Sep 29, 2022

Join us for the Seventh Annual Summit of the Massachusetts Coalition for Serious Illness Care. We'll be sharing about the Coalition's strategic direction and partnerships underway, as well as highlighting several models for elevating community and connection in serious illness care.

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Leveling Up Communication with Irene Yeh

Sep 14, 2022

Meet Coalition working group member Irene Yeh, MD MPH, a palliative care physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH). “Sometimes the greatest challenges we face in the clinical setting stem from misunderstandings and miscommunications, especially with patients and families from different backgrounds,” said Irene.

 

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Meet Our Three Newest Members!

Jul 25, 2022

The Coalition is pleased to announce three new members: U-Realized, Elaine Marieb College of Nursing at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts!

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Save the Date for our 2022 virtual Summit

Jul 25, 2022

We'll be gathering virtually on November 3, 2022 for our Summit! Join us as we share about the Coalition's strategic direction and partnerships underway. Pre-register today!

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You're Invited to Maine Medical Center's Grand Rounds

May 16, 2022

Please join us for Maine Medical Center's Palliative Medicine and Clinical Ethics virtual Grand Rounds on Tuesday May 17th, 2022 8-9AM ET, "Paving the Way for Universal Medical Student Training: the Massachusetts Medical Schools Collaborative" with speakers Jennifer Reidy and Stephanie Chan.

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Happy Birthday to the Coalition!

May 12, 2022

Six years ago at the John F. Kennedy Library, we launched our Coalition. It was a truly unforgettable day, not just because Anna was 9 months pregnant. We have been reflecting on our collective work through the strategic planning process we started this spring. Though we’ve only just begun, we wanted to share a bit of our thinking so far and see how it resonates with all of you. The graphic below summarizes our ‘starting point’ for this work. We would greatly appreciate any of your reactions, comments, or questions. The link will take you to a short, open-ended survey, where you can share with us anything the graphic provokes. Your thoughts would be an excellent birthday present…

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Beyond the hidden curriculum: students speak up about their training in serious illness communication

Apr 27, 2022

The Massachusetts Medical Schools’ Collaborative conducted eight focus groups with medical students to understand their perspectives on their training in serious illness communication and palliative care. In this qualitative study, 50 fourth-year medical students from Boston University School of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Tufts University School of Medicine, and UMass Chan Medical School shared their thoughts and experience. Six key themes emerged.

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POLST e-Registry and Interoperability Virtual Session

Mar 29, 2022

Join us on April 8, 2022 at 10am ET for an open session focused on the POLST Registry and IT Integration. The meeting is intended to focus on the technical aspects of the registry and would be best for people who would be working on implementing the technical workflows and integrating the POLST registry and procedures within current systems and EHRs. At the session, we will share the current vision for the POLST registry and key requirements, collect input on possible gaps and additional technological considerations, and elicit ideas for what should be prioritized at an organizational level, across care settings, and at a broader state level to prepare for successful development and implementation of the registry.

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